Yoga is one of the best activities you can do with a friend, family member, or special someone. Not only is it relaxing, but it’s also a great way to stay fit, build flexibility, and work on improving strength. Learning yoga together provides the perfect opportunity to share some quality time together, or even just have some fun with a friend. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced adept, in this list, you’ll find the best yoga poses for two people.
1. Partner Boat Pose
The Partner Boat pose strengthens the core while building trust and communication between two people. Both of you sit facing each other and cross your legs so that the soles of your feet touch. Lift your legs, then lean back, raise your hands, and reach for each other’s hands. This pose helps to improve abdominal strength, anchors balance, and also increases digestion.
2. Partner Tree Pose
The Partner Tree Pose is a great standing yoga pose that works to increase focus, balance, and encourages coordination between partners. It also builds trust and connection between the two of you. Start by having one partner stand firmly on the ground, while the other stands in front and acts as support for the other. The supported partner then raises one leg, placing the bottom of the foot on the inner thigh of the standing partner. When you have reached your balance, bring your hands together in a Namaste position.
3. Eagle Pose
For a more advanced partner pose, try the Eagle Pose. This intense posture combines balance and strength to provide an intense stretch throughout the body. Starting in seated position, have one partner wrap their legs around the waist of their partner. Remain in this seated position, while focusing on balance and breath, as the arms will wrap around each other’s upper back and interlock behind the neck. Hold this pose for 10 deep breaths, before releasing.
4. Seated Angle Twist
Designed for both beginners and intermediate yogis, the Seated Angle Twist poses provides a great stretch for both partners. Begin in a seated position, with the knees bent touching each other. Feet will face away from each other, and you will place your hands together behind your knees. As the yoga poses name suggests, twist your torso towards the left and hold for a few moments. You may also take turns alternating and switching sides. Remember to take long slow breaths as you hold the pose.
5. Acro Airplane
Are you feeling brave? If a trust building exercise is something you’re looking for, then the Acro Airplane Pose is your best bet. This partner pose is related to Acro yoga, suitable for two people of strength and balance. Start by having one partner lay flat on the floor. The other partner will stand over them, facing away. Squat down and grab the ankles of the lying partner and raise them up, so that their body is in a straight line from head to toe. Slowly stand up and remain here for 10 seconds, before releasing.
6. Partner Triangle Pose